MEXICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2007 - PREVIEW
ANGELS FROM MEXICO
Back in Australia for it’s second year, the Hola Mexico Film Festival will
extend to Perth and Brisbane as well as screening in Sydney and Melbourne
(November 15 – December 5), with 10 features in the main program, including
Mexican Film Festival Audience Award winner, Calling and Angel.
“In 2007 the world saw ten Mexican Oscar nominees, a Mexican taking home the
prestigious Jury Prize in Cannes, and the list goes on…the Festival will reflect
this talent,” Festival Director Samuel Douek says. “Every film made an impact in
Mexico and in the international film circuit. We’ve worked really hard in
getting them to Australia.”
Each of the main ten features of the festival will “bring a unique dimension to
create a complete cinematic experience,” says Douek, “from confronting
documentaries to light comedies to raw emotional and inspiring stories. Mexico’s
most beloved and nominated directors will be recognised as part of the ‘Tribute
to Mexico’. Babel director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s first film Amores
Perros will be screened alongside Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toros
debut Cronos, and Children Of Men director Alfonso Cuaron’s Solo con tu Pareja.”
MAIN FEATURE PROGRAM
CALLING AN ANGEL
(MEXICO 2007, 110 MIN, 35MM)
DIR. PANCHO RODRIGUEZ, HECTOR RODRIGUEZ AND RODOLFO GIZMAN
A mistaken phone call unites three characters who do not know each other, but
they respond to the same name; Angeles Flores Fuentes. The characters, confused
by a desperate message of love, make decisions that will change the course of
DIR. GERARDO NARANJO (MEXICO 2006, 92 MIN, 35MM)
Three human relationships come together in one night in modern Acapulco. This
city serves as a stage for an old suicide guy, a fifteen-year-old runaway girl
and a young couple, which confronts the difficulties of a tragic break-up.
DIR. RIGOBERTO CASTANEDA (MEXICO 2007, 103 MIN, 35MM)
After the tragic death of their mother when they were children, twin sisters
Agata and Catalina Hameran developed a special skill, a way of communicating
without speaking. After a mysterious accident on Kilometre 31, Agata falls into
a coma. Catalina feels the pain and tragedy that her sister feels.
DIR. IVAN AVILA (MEXICO 2007, 104 MIN, 35MM).
Six characters tell us their strange-shared lives. Every so often, a strange
mathematics places them on crossed coordinates, which change one character’s
life. So that he or she continues in the body of another.
DIR. EVA NORVIND (MEXICO 2007, 86 MIN, DIGITAL)
Born Without is a tender and controversial love story between Jose Flores, born
without arms, and the woman that bore him six children through caesarean births
and expects another. Jose is often labelled a "beggar" as he travels throughout
Mexico playing the harmonica to support his family.
MORIRSE EN DOMINGO
DIR. DANIEL GRUENER (MEXICO 2007, 125 MIN, 35MM)
In this black comedy, death and life mingle and mix in whimsical ways: after a
long illness Justo Salas dies at home on Sunday…His family trough his
irresponsible nephew, is forced to hire the services of a buzzard, who owns what
appears to be a modest funeral parlour.
DIR. FRANCISCO VARGAS (MEXICO 2005, 98 MIN, 35MM)
Set in a small Mexican village during the uprisings of the seventies, the film
portrays the tensions between the peasants and military in the Guerrero region.
Shot in stunning black and white and unfolding with a dreamlike languor, it
transcends traditional social commentary.
CANSADA DE BESAR SAPOS
DIR. JORGE COLON (MEXICO 2006, 90MIN, DIGITAL)
Martha, a beautiful designer believes she’s got her prince charming, but after
finding out about his infidelity, she sware to become a ‘Man-iser’. What she
doesn’t know is that love is where she least expects it.
DIR. ANTONIO ISORDIA (MEXICO 2005, 96 MIN, DIGITAL)
This dark documentary tells three separate stories of people united by two
themes: they were all born in 1973 and in Mexico City. A student trying to
obtain power in an organisation known for being corrupt and violent, Mafer,
whose life disintegrates in a mixture of partying, drugs and unwanted
pregnancies, The last story is of Alejandro Cota, a psychopath serving a 50-year
jail sentence for murdering his mother and three siblings.
DIR. FERNANDO KALIFE (MEXICO, 95 MIN, 35MM)
Claudio (Eduardo Arroyuelo) is a music promoter in Mexico City who lives in the
shadow of his older brother. When his brother meets an untimely death, Claudio
plans a concert to promote his own name, teaming up with Tony (Jaime Camil), the
son of a gangster, whom he owes a lot of money after losing a bet.
Published November 1, 2007
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